Archive for Concept Drawings

Retro-Blog part 7: Would The Real Me Please Stand Up?

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

Concept Drawing 04/02/07

Despite my revelations about the Censor, I was still struggling to make sense of how to get more structure into my work and how to give it direction:

On 04/02/06, I wrote,

I want to work hard instead of dissipating my days…I want to see myself achieve something tangible…The problem with my artwork is that is has no boundaries. Every day I can do any subject, any size, in any media and work on it for as long or short as I want. No wonder I don’t know which direction to go in. I need parameters… Read the rest of this entry »

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A map of my life: Retro-Blog 5

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

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On 26/01/06 I wrote,

I dreamt last night that E was asking me if I really wanted to move? In reply, I described my life to her in a drawn map that took the form of a circle. The circle was big and empty and only in a small corner huddled some smaller circles containing the parts of my current life and my artwork. Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking for communication: Retro-Blog 3

The Retro-Blog: Looking back at the development of a successful creative project in 2006 and the lessons learned along the way.

ScrawlIn my next journal entry on the Tree Series (23rd Jan 2006) I continue to explore the profound effect that showing my work precipitately has had on me:

Played a bit on the laptop with one of the tree photos but am not feeling very inspired… I feel so divorced from the me that was feverishly creating…I am afraid that I am running away, doing the proverbial u-turn again…I know it has a lot to do with that period of people seeing my work before I came away. It has thrown me into confusion. I have lost where I was with myself. Other people’s voices have replaced my own. I don’t know how to work because I am no longer in the centre of the frame; other people’s eyes have replaced mine…Read the rest of this entry »

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Bouquet of Barbed Wire

Bouquet of Barbed Wire

Bouquet of Barbed Wire 24 x 33cm
Stage 2: Glue gun concept drawing covered with collage

‘The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued—except as stimulus for further moves.’

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Riding the Dragon’s Back

Dragon’s Back

Dragon’s Back 24 x 33cm
Stage 1: Concept drawing – glue-gun on canvas-board

I’ve been experimenting with some ideas in readiness for my next series and it feels like I am finally getting somewhere with my search for a more organic way of working…

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Suitcase packed and ready to go

10 años


I started this collage last year in my sketchbook . After 10 years in Spain I was trying to figure out whether to move and if so to where. I was determined to finish this piece before the year was out and I’ve managed it about half an hour before I’m due to go on holiday for Xmas to Italy. I like a nice tight deadline! Read the rest of this entry »

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